Did the film make the song or the song make the film?

As well as music I am also a great fan of film. I enjoy listening to film soundtracks, because of this I sometimes find myself listening to music I usually wouldn’t listen to just because it’s on a soundtrack of a film I like.

I have an interesting question for you in this post. “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?” Ask that question when you hear/read about the songs from today’s list.

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” – B.J. Thomas – 1969

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams – 1991

“Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor – 1982

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds – 1985

“Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr. – 1984

“The Power Of Love” – Huey Lewis & The News – 1985

“Night Fever” – Bee Gees – 1978

Want to learn more about each song? – Keep reading.

  1. J. Thomas – “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” – 1969
    • Penned by Hal David and Burt Bacharach, B.J. Thomas‘ recording of “Raindrops” was featured in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford a fantastic film.
    • The song was played while star Paul Newman performed stunts on a bicycle. It went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song.
    • The song reached number 1 in the US but only number 38 in the UK.
    • The song was released before the film (released in December 69) and initially had some bad reviews.
    • It was also used in Forrest Gump and Spiderman 2.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
      • The film is such a classic so I’m going for the film.
  2. Bryan Adams – “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – 1991
    • The classic English story “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” found simultaneous box office and musical success with an accent-less American actor (Kevin Costner) and a power ballad by a Canadian rock star. The track became Adams‘ biggest hit.
    • I’m not a huge fan of this film in all honesty and I’ve probably heard this song a little too much as it spent sixteen weeks in the number 1 spot in the UK chart.
    • Seven weeks at number 1 in the US and nine weeks at the top of the Canadian chart.
    • It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, making it Adams’ most successful song and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
      •  For me this one is definitely the song.
  3. Survivor – “Eye Of The Tiger” –1982
    • Sylvester Stallone originally wanted to use Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” for the Rocky III training montage, but Freddie Mercury and co. wouldn’t grant them the license. So Sly turned to Survivor’s Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, who wrote the cut “Eye Of The Tiger” in part by timing the guitar and drum hits to coincide with Rocky’s punches.
    • In the United States, it held No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for six consecutive weeks and was the No. 2 single of 1982.
    • It also reached number 1 in the UK.
    • Combined sales of original vinyl release and digital downloads total over 9 million copies, making “Eye of the Tiger” one of the best-selling singles of all time.
    • The band have never equaled the success of this single.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
      • For me this is a close one, who doesn’t love Rocky and the song is just an amazing pick me up.
  4. Simple Minds – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – 1985
    • Billy Idol, Bryan Ferry, and the Fixx’s Cy Curnin all passed on recording this song before it went to Scottish rock band Simple Minds, who also initially declined to record it. John Hughes then used it at the end of “The Breakfast Club” to create one of the most lasting images for any teenager who’s seen the film.
    • According to one account, the band “rearranged and recorded ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it.
    • It became a number-one hit in the U.S. and around the world. It is the band’s only number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop for three weeks.
    • Reaching number seven in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 1985 to 1987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the British chart.
    • Despite its success, the band continued to dismiss the song, the most obvious slight being its absence from their subsequent album Once Upon a Time. It eventually appeared on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize 81/92.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
      • The film is of course amazing but I’m a huge Simple Minds fan so I’m with the song here.
  1. Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters” – 1984
    • Parker originally wrote the tune as a play on the Ghostbuster’s cheap-looking commercial in the film, and the music video featured cameos by stars Chevy Chase, John Candy, Danny DeVito, and many more comedic actors.
    • The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11, 1984, staying there for three weeks, and at number two on the UK Singles Chart on September 16, 1984, staying there for three weeks.
    • The song re-entered the UK Top 75 on November 2, 2008, at No. 49.
    • Parker was accused of plagiarizing the melody from the Huey Lewis and the News song “I Want a New Drug”, which had been released on their Sports album the previous year. Lewis sued Parker and Columbia Pictures, and the three settled out of court in 1985.
    • Parker never equaled the success of this single.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
  1. Huey Lewis & The News – “The Power Of Love” – 1985
    • In “Back To The Future,” Michael J. Fox‘s Marty McFly and his band “perform” this song at the high school talent show auditions, only to have Marty bungle the rendition with his ostentatious guitar soloing. Huey plays the judge that shoots them down, saying they’re “just too darn loud.” But in real life, the track (actually performed by Huey Lewis and the News) totally rocked the charts: It was the group’s first No. 1.
    • It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and their second number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart. It was also a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart.
    • The bands style of music includes pop rock, blue-eyed soul and blues rock.
    • They have been active since 1979 and had reasonable success.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
      • The film is amazing and one of my all time favorites as it is for many fans so yes it trumps the song. But, even if you won’t admit it, I know you like the song.
  1. Bee Gees – “Night Fever” – 1978
    • One of the most recognized singles from the  Bee Gees reaching Gold and Platinum discs in the U.K. and U.S. respectively.
    • “Night Fever” remained the number one Billboard Hot 100 single for over two months in 1978.
    • It also replaced Andy Gibb’s “Love Is Thicker Than Water” at number one, and was in turn replaced by Yvonne Elliman’s “If I Can’t Have You” – all of which were written and produced by the Gibb brothers.
    • A music video was made for the song in 1978, but not shown to the public until 2004.
    • Producer Robert Stigwood wanted to call the film Saturday Night, but singer Robin Gibb expressed hesitation at the title. Stigwood liked the title Night Fever, but was wary of marketing a movie with that name. He combined the two suggestions and the idea for Saturday Night Fever as a motion picture was born.
    • “Did the film make the song or the song make the film?”
      • Another great film on this list and a classic for any Travolta fans but the song just peaks over the top for me.

I hope you enjoyed this posts list, do you agree with my judgement on which was better?

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